Guy-Marc Michel’s status under NCAA review

Per a statement from Indiana head coach Tom Crean:

“The NCAA is reviewing the status of Guy-Marc Michel. Prior to attending North Idaho Community College, Guy participated in club basketball in France, where he finished high school and enrolled in some college courses. In three years with the French club, Guy participated as a member of an amateur team. In his third year, he was ‘called up’ for limited participation with a team that included professional players.

Given the experiences of other international student-athletes who have participated in European basketball systems, we anticipated some extended review of Guy’s status.

We have great respect for the NCAA’s process, particularly because we know they have a practice of reviewing each individual student-athlete’s case on its own merit, with a focus on what’s best for the student. We also appreciate the NCAA’s increased understanding of the circumstances facing international student-athletes, which led to recent rule changes that permit immediate eligibility for entering freshman with the same competitive experiences as Guy.

With these factors in mind, we are hopeful for a positive resolution to Guy’s case within the coming weeks. While he is not eligible to compete at this time, he will continue to improve in practice, and he’ll continue doing very well in the classroom, until the process is complete. We will have no additional comments until the matter is resolved.”

This is definitely not the news anyone wanted to hear less than a hour before the exhibition tip-off, but let’s hope for a speedy resolution from the NCAA, and ultimately, full clearance for Michel.

(HT: The Hoosier Scoop)

  • Plane1972

    Thank god! A voice of reason. It was expected, people. If anything, it gives me greater confidence in Crean and Glass for being able to manage the terms of an announcement like this. It was a planned announcement, well orchestrated, and on our terms rather than it being some massive announcement from the NCAA. Get a grip, folks. Steadier hands are at the helm than in years past.

  • SteveO

    I’m guessing JUCO players get cleared by the NJCAA, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there’s little to no communication between them and the NCAA. Also, seeing as how so many kids who are ineligible for NCAA participation start out at the JUCO level, I don’t think it makes sense to assume that NJCAA eligibility = NCAA eligibility.

    That said, IU signed Guy a while ago. No excuse for the NCAA to decide to do this now and mess with a kid’s life months after they could’ve investigated with little to no interference with him living out a dream. Nice work, fellas.

  • Anonymous

    I understand what you’re saying. I believe the only thing IU would ‘get’ is Michel would be ineligible. He has never played in a game so there would be no ramifications beyond that. Still would be a giant bummer, but I doubt it comes to that. As others have said, not sure why this wasn’t cleared a couple mos ago…….

  • Anonymous

    NCAA

  • stonaroni

    This a joke and the NCAA needs to wake up! GMM is not a top of the line talent that was making good money professionally in France. He is not worth the legwork. Does the NCAA really want to make a mark and statement with a mildly talented player like GMM?

    Or, would it make more sense to hang Kanter and Calipari out there on a national scale?

    Do they need to worry aboyt GMM or all the illegal recruiting and agents involved in amateur sports here in the NCAA?

    I feel like IU is always on the trial because they are the school close and within ear shot to hear the NCAA bitching.

  • oldred1976

    I think the thing that bothers me the most about ncaa investigations as to weather or not some one has gotten some kind of reimbursement for playing sports is the fact that the ncaa has made billions of dollars off these kids over the years and they have the gall to come sniffing around two years too late and say just a minute bub we don’t like whats going on here. To hell with the fact that coach Crean is doing his best to recover one of the best bball programs in america. How much money do you think they have made of the tournament runs IU has provided for them. It’s too bad we can’t just tell em to stick it.

  • oldred1976

    I think the thing that bothers me the most about ncaa investigations as to weather or not some one has gotten some kind of reimbursement for playing sports is the fact that the ncaa has made billions of dollars off these kids over the years and they have the gall to come sniffing around two years too late and say just a minute bub we don’t like whats going on here. To hell with the fact that coach Crean is doing his best to recover one of the best bball programs in america. How much money do you think they have made of the tournament runs IU has provided for them. It’s too bad we can’t just tell em to stick it.

  • kentuckyhoosier

    why do you say his official visit went bad? he was with Hanner for it , and it seems to went ok for him . Really what went wrong with Cody?

  • Gustin

    Nice post! I too hope Guy keeps his head up and is able to remain positive. I am sure he will and his time will come. I can’t wait to see the “big” guy on the court.

  • http://twitter.com/IUgrad07 Deon Mitchell

    Maybe Cal had some to do with it.

  • TBERRY

    PROBABLY AN ATTEMPT BY BUTLER OR UNC TO SCARE CODY. IT IS SO OBVIOUS THAT CODY HAS TO SEE THROUGH THIS!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re misunderstanding him—he’s saying Tyler’s visit didn’t go well when he was being recruited, not Cody’s.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we could, but then the Franklin game ceases to be an exhibition and becomes a rivalry.

  • NotanIdiotFan

    Your applying common sense where most on this thread have no understanding of common sense…… Their reactions ARE the reason why I use the name of “NotanIdiotFan”. Listen folks, there are literally 10’s of thousands of collegiate athletes in the NCAA. EVERY athlete has to be cleared. Guess what! They are done in the order by which the sport is played and then I would think in the order of most important/high profile. Guy, after playing in juco for two years and not highly sought after does NOT fit in the high profile so his case would come up later in the process of clearing collegiate basketball players. So NO, I don’t buy into the NCAA not doing their job or “still” having it out for IU. Please stop drinking the cool-aid and put your pitchforks down.

    And please, don’t say we deserve punishment for doing something wrong. We have NOT done anything wrong other then picking up a guy who we KNEW would be looked into and based upon the known information, should not have any problem getting cleared “””when the NCAA got around to it”””.

    Now having said all of that, I do wonder how this case is any different then say a high school or college player playing pick-up games with real professionals during the summer?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing would surprise me about Calislimy except if he done something genuine for somebody and did it just cause it was a nice thing to do and for that reason only.

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